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Posted Sep 19/17 - O Line Woes

The NFL has an offensive line crisis

By Adam Kilgore September 13

 

NFL quarterbacks like Tom Savage are getting throttled behind porous offensive lines. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

 

Two years ago, an NFL executive surveyed the college landscape and offered an associate in the industry some friendly advice. “You better hit on an offensive lineman now,” the executive told his pal, because he could see the supply of capable blockers dwindling.

The words seem prophetic after the dismal product the NFL rendered in Week 1. The league has for years fretted over a scarcity of capable quarterbacks, and starting appearances from the likes of Tom Savage and Scott Tolzien on Sunday highlighted the notion there are more NFL teams than competent professional quarterbacks in existence.

But an equally alarming problem surfaced as offenses reached new levels of putridity. It was not only the men throwing the ball, but also the men charged with protecting them. The NFL is amid an offensive line crisis, and the talent drain at the position is damaging the quality on the field in even uglier fashion than poor quarterbacking.

“I believe that the lineman shortage is a bigger problem,” said the executive, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “I don’t know if I can compare the two. They’re both not real good.”

“I hope the play gets better as the year goes on,” said former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz, now a SiriusXM NFL Radio analyst. “There’s some young offensive lines that need to get better. There is an issue with a lack of just good offensive linemen in the NFL.”

 

In April’s draft, the NFL regarded the latest crop of linemen and decided, “No, thanks.” Only two offensive linemen — tackles Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk — were taken in the first round. None was taken until the Denver Broncos grabbed Bolles with the 20th pick, the latest in modern NFL history the draft had gone without an offensive lineman being taken.

“There’s not much offensive line talent coming into the league,” the executive said. “What were the top offensive linemen, they’re not there.”

Those within the league believe the dearth of serviceable blockers derives from two primary factors: Offensive linemen enter the NFL less prepared than ever, and they have less opportunity to improve once they’re in the league.

The college spread offense, a frequent object of scorn among NFL evaluators, plays a major role. Most offensive linemen play in systems reliant on screens, quick passes and misdirection, which means they enter the NFL accustomed to rarely hitting beyond their initial block or having had to thwart a pass rusher’s secondary moves.

“The tempo is so fast in college now that the techniques just aren’t taught like they used to be,” Schwartz said. “Now it’s about guys trying to get back to the line of scrimmage and not finish. The spread offenses are nothing like the offenses you run in the NFL, so guys come in just not as prepared.”

From the youth level through college, players participate year-round in noncontact, seven-on-seven leagues and clinics for quarterbacks and skill players. The same opportunities do not exist for offensive linemen, at least in any meaningful way.

“There’s a lot of college offensive linemen that have never been in a three-point stance,” the executive said. “The pro game is different. I get football is football. There’s a lot more emphasis on different techniques and fundamentals in college.”

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have fewer offseason practices and hit at full speed less often when they do practice. The decrease of full-speed offseason practicing hurts offensive lines more than any other unit, especially in comparison with defensive linemen.

 

“You have to learn how to block,” the executive said. “Getting after a passer, getting up field, it doesn’t have to be as refined as offensive line play. There is far less time to develop skills that can only be developed through contact.”

The rash of awful offensive line play may improve as lines get more repetitions together at game speed. But horrific offensive line play led to a hideous Week 1.

Six teams failed to crack double-digit points and another, the New York Jets, got 12 but didn’t score a touchdown. As Gregg Rosenthal noted at NFL.com, 14 offenses gained fewer than 300 yards in Week 1, accounting for more than 46 percent of the teams who played. That didn’t occur with such frequency in any week last year, and only 22 percent of offenses gained fewer than 300 yards in the previous three Week 1s. Last year, only the Rams averaged fewer than 300 yards for the season.

A lack of offensive production isn’t an inherent problem. The problem is the nature of how offenses have bogged down. It is one thing for a stout defense to thwart passable offensive execution. It is another when defensive lines are shoving offensive linemen five yards into the backfield and ruining any semblance of offensive play design. It makes games painful to watch — it stops looking like football and starts looking like survival. In too many games, possessions unfolded as spasms of panic capped with a punt.

“The overall product itself is not of the quality I’m used to seeing, that I grew up watching,” Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said in an interview on SiriusXM. “As far as a solution, I have no idea. I’m interested to see what happens, because I do believe a quality drop-off has happened.”

The marquee games Sunday were Packers-Seahawks and Cowboys-Giants. In both, an inept offensive line prevented any attempt to commit football. Russell Wilson ran for his life behind Seattle’s overwhelmed blockers, and Eli Manning chucked desperate, short passes behind a blue-and-gray sieve.

Atrocious offensive line play, in many ways, harms the viewing experience more than terrible quarterback play. A cruddy quarterback behind an adequate line will make bad decisions and poor throws and fail to score points, but those mistakes occur within the flow of an otherwise pleasant game. An adequate quarterback behind a horrible line doesn’t even have the chance to initiate what fans would recognize as football. He’s just engulfed by chaos.

The Seahawks were not alone. According to Pro Football Focus, 10 teams received a positive grade on passing blocking and 11 were above zero in run blocking. In game after game, an offensive line gave its offense no chance.

The drop in quality line play has already reshaped NFL offenses, in subtle fashion. Last year, quarterbacks averaged 8.25 yards per throw in the air, the shortest average pass in the past decade, at least. Running backs and slot receivers are catching more passes than at any point in recent memory. Quarterbacks and coordinators have little choice — with less time to throw, dump-offs and checkdowns are the best, safest options.

The NFL is fundamentally changing, for the worse. It could use more and better quarterbacks. It more desperately needs better linemen to protect them, to give them a chance.

Posted Sep 5/17 - Stem Education

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOOTBALL ACADEMY

STEM EDUCATION

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

 

The Stem- consist of the athlete acquiring the basic knowledge of Four specific disciplines related to the sport of football.

1.Safety- Sports Engineering

2.Conditioning-Sports Mathematics

3.Diet -Sports Technology

4. Strength Training-Sports Science

 

 

Interdisciplinary Studies-The combination of two or more disciplines, taught where students are given subject in terms of multiple traditional disciplines.

Connecting and integrating multiple academic schools of thought, professions, or technologies with their specific perspectives into a common task.

 

A sports engineer should not be confused with a sports scientist. The main difference is a sports scientist is interested with what is going on inside an athlete, while a sports engineer is concerned with how an athlete interacts with external factors.

 

Sports engineering is a very broad career field that is concerned with the research and development of technologies in the industry, but getting an education directly related to this niche field can be difficult.

 

While there are no specific sports engineering undergraduate degree programs in the U.S., mechanical, biomedical, manufacturing, industrial and computer engineering are all potential starting points for sports engineering careers, since they all focus on the over-arching concept of enhancing performance and developing new products.

 

While sports engineering is not a well- known field among pre-college students, professional societies are working to change that. Study programs in sports engineering and technology at either the undergraduate or graduate level are now offered at a number of universities.

 

Mathematics in Sports

           Although not always realized, mathematics plays a very important role

 

Mathematics is very prevalent in sports, from the most complex of formulas to the simplest ideas such as betting.

 

Sports technology:

Applying technology to sports such as tennis, cricket, AFL, and soccer to monitor the monitor of athletes with the purpose of developing training aids to improve performance.

iPhone technology. This is a great technology since it is ubiquitous, and well understood by the general public. It has some useful sensors to monitor and assess human movement.

 

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Applying technology to monitor the ECG with the aim to assist cardiologists to determine and monitor abnormalities. This technology has great promise for remote health.

Applying leading edge technology to help solve issues in EEG analysis.

 

 

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Creating computing infrastructure to warehouse multichannel, long duration sports data. The avalanche of data now available from multi-sensor devices has led to the need to store, quickly retrieve, analyze, and visualize data.

 

 

 

 

Sports scientist is interested with what is going on inside an athlete.

 

Sports science (also sports and exercise science, sports medicine or exercise physiology) is a discipline that studies how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance from cellular to whole body perspectives.

 

The study of sports science traditionally incorporates areas of physiology (exercise physiology), psychology (sport psychology), anatomy, biomechanics, biochemistry and biokinetics.

 

Sports scientists and performance consultants are growing in demand and employment numbers, with the ever-increasing focus within the sporting world on achieving the best results possible. Through the study of science and sport, researchers have developed a greater understanding on how the human body reacts to exercise, training, different environments and many other stimuli.

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Posted Aug 3/17 - Some Current CTE Study Info.

A new report published in the July 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reflect that in a study CTE was diagnosed in 177 former players or nearly 90 percent of brains studied.

That included 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players; 48 of 53 college players; nine of 14 semi pro players, seven of eight Canadian football league players and three of 14 high school players.

Report by Lindsey Tanner- Associated Press

Posted Jul 17/17 - Odds of a US High School Athlete Playing in College:
Odds of a High School Athlete playing College Sports Scholarship
Stats.com

Here are the odds of a US high school athlete playing at the next level for 4 popular  sports:
 
Boys playing high School:  Basketball  Baseball  Football  Soccer
Playing in any Division in College 17 : 1 9 : 1 12 : 1 11 : 1
Playing in NCAA Division I 110 : 1 47 : 1 41 : 1 73 : 1
Going Pro 1,860 : 1 764 : 1 603 : 1 835 : 1
 

Odds of a US High School Athlete Playing in College:

What are the chances of a high school athlete making the transition to the college level?  We compared the  number of athletes participating in varsity sports at US high schools  during the 2015-16 school year to the number of college student athletes and arrived at the following percentages. Overall a little over 7% of high school athletes (about 1 in 14) went on to play a varsity sport in college, and about 2% of high school athletes (1 in 50) went on to play at the NCAA Division I level:


 


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